By Lily, Ft Lauderdale
I am trying to figure out what it is I could have.
It started about 6 months ago with occasional clear blisters that come and go in the same back area behind my last bottom tooth that swell and then pop.
Now, I see that I'm getting swollen blistery looking puffiness around some of my front teeth.
That has just stayed there-seems like a blister but kind of paler in color.
Two days ago I got a real puffy gum around the bottom front of my teeth on inside then it moved out to the bottom outside front part and it hurts when I brush it-if it hasn't already bled.
They feel sore and kind of oozy or like a burning sensation I guess. No pus that i know of.
I'm extremely worried-I almost want to cry.
I went to the dentist 6 months ago whom I did not like-5 minutes in and out. Said I had perfect teeth, healthy-even though I mentioned it to him about the occasional blisters.
I don't know what it could be or who I should see!?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. I brush 2 to 3 times daily always and floss every other day. (I don't have any wisdom teeth either-pulled)
Hi Lily, I'm sorry you are having problems with your gums and that you are so worried.
My guess is that it is fixable, but you should get it checked soon.
If you don't feel comfortable going to the same dentist, ask your friends for a referral.
If the condition comes and goes, try to get in to have it looked at when it looks most obvious.
It could be a tooth or gum abscess. An abscess doesn't always but sometimes can have a drainage fistula that resembles a pimple. They swell and then pop like you described.
When an abscess has a drainage fistula it is less likely to give you a bad toothache because the pressure is relieved. Even without a toothache, the problem needs treatment.
It is unhealthy to have constant infection anywhere in your body. Read more about tooth abscess treatment here.
Because the problem has occured in 2 different areas, it could also be a reaction to something. A food allergy or an allergy to the toothpaste or mouthwash is possible. Read more about toothpaste allergies here.
You will feel better once you get a definite diagnosis and treatment recommendation.
Thank you for writing and good luck,